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From The CriticsReviewer: Archana NMI Chatterjee, MD PhD(Creighton University)
Description: This comprehensive book on vaccines covers the general aspects of vaccination; provides updated, authoritative information on individual vaccine-preventable diseases, licensed vaccines, vaccines in development, and new vaccination strategies; vaccination of special populations such as healthcare workers; and public health and regulatory issues related to vaccination. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for individuals interested in the prevention of disease through vaccination. Because the field of vaccinology evolves continuously, with new vaccines being developed for emerging infections and new vaccination strategies being deployed against noninfectious diseases, this update was needed
Audience: This may be of use to individuals interested in learning about vaccines in general, or those wishing to obtain more detailed information about a specific vaccine. The authors do not specify their audience, but the book potentially could be of value to graduate and postgraduate students in the health sciences, as well as to practitioners and trainees in primary care, infectious diseases, immunology, public health, occupational health, travel medicine, and healthcare epidemiology. The authors are all respected experts in the field.
Features: The book extensively covers all aspects of vaccination, including a historical review and discussion of vaccine development; a detailed examination of the clinical features, microbiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, and public health ramifications of each vaccine-preventable disease; an in-depth description of licensed vaccines and those in development that covers immunogenicity, efficacy, safety, stability, duration of immunity, recommendations for use and public health impact; and vaccination of special populations such as immunocompromised hosts. The new foreword by Bill Gates emphasizes the importance of vaccines and the value of this book. The text is enriched with tables, graphs, maps, and color illustrations. An excellent feature is the availability of the complete contents on any Internet-ready device. An innovation in this edition is that the complete reference list for each chapter has been placed online, with only key references listed at the end of each chapter. The appendix with web sites that contain information about immunization has been updated and is an excellent resource. It is difficult to see any shortcomings with this book.
Assessment: In the rapidly evolving field of vaccinology, this new edition is essential. There are no comparable books available. The closest probably is Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: The Pink Book, 12th Edition (Public Health Foundation, 2010), created by the Education, Information and Partnership Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the latter does not provide the in-depth information that is available in Vaccines. This is the leading reference that covers all aspects of vaccinology.